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Around the Farm: June 25, 2014

Lindor's injury, Brady's solid outing highlight the night on the farm

Around the Farm: June 25, 2014
Francisco Lindor (Photo: Brittany Chay)
June 26, 2014
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 1-for-1, 1 2B

Francisco Lindor (Photo: MiLB)Lindor started the game strong -- keeping his weight back and lining an opposite-field double over the left fielder's head -- but left the game in the third inning after a bad hop on a grounder bounced up and hit him in the face. After the game, Akron manager Dave Wallace said Lindor was getting X-rays and a possibly a CT scan, with the early word being the ball caught more of Lindor's nose than his eye. Though a nose injury could be troublesome, the bigger worry would have been a fractured orbital bone. Wallace does not believe it will be a similar situation to Jake Lowery's -- who missed seven weeks earlier in the season after being hit in the eye by a pitch -- though he was still in wait and see mode and had not heard back on Lindor's official status yet.

Sean Brady (SP, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): W (1-0), 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

Sean Brady (Photo: MiLB)Coming into 2014, Brady was touted as IBI's #24 ranked prospect in large part due to his advanced pitchability. That has shown so far this season, as though the left-hander only has five strikeouts in 13.2 innings, he has also only allowed three walks and owns a 3.29 ERA. Now, Brady will clearly need a few more strikeouts in order to keep these results up over the long haul, but the early signs are quite encouraging for the 20-year-old. Young high school pitchers and command issues tend to go hand-in-hand, but that is not Brady's game. The left-hander is already a strike thrower and off to a solid start in the New York-Penn League.

  • T.J. House (SP, Columbus, Game 1): ND, 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO. Even though House's outing on Tuesday got cut short by the weather (with the game being completed on Wednesday), the left-hander still had a much more productive outing than his first start back in Triple-A on June 19, when he allowed seven runs in six innings.
  • Tyler SturdevantAustin Adams, & C.C. Lee (RPs, Columbus, Game 1): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO. These three relievers filled in for the Clippers, soaking up some innings as the team had to make it through a 13-inning contest in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus, Game 1): 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Urshela is still not getting on base all that often, but the third baseman is still hitting for power and has really cut down his strikeouts of late (only five to go with four walks in his first 19 games in June).
  • Danny Salazar (SP, Columbus, Game 2): L (1-5), 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP. After the bullpen was taxed in game one, Salazar picked the team up and pitched the entirety of game two. Plus, the right-hander had some encouraging results in the outing as well, giving him a 20:5 SO:BB in 16.0 innings since going on the disabled list.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus, Game 2): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Well, Urshela struck out for the sixth time in June, but he also walked for the fifth and launched his third home run (and his sixth in 48 Triple-A games).
  • Luke Carlin (C, Columbus, Game 2): 1-for-1, 2 BB. Carlin continued to do what he does best Wednesday, showing a good approach at the plate and filling in when needed for the Clippers.
  • Will Roberts (SP, Akron): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. Roberts got hit hard early, allowing four runs in his first three innings, but the right-hander managed to make it through six frames. That has been the script all year for Roberts, who has not gone less than five innings in a start this season.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Akron): 3-for-4, 1 RBI. Last year all we wanted was for Smith to add some power to flesh out his high batting average. This year, given Smith's struggles in adapting to Double-A so far, this kind of day is a welcome sight.
  • Adam Plutko (SP, Carolina): L (1-2), 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP. Plutko continued his run of good starts in Carolina, only putting five baserunners on in five innings. The right-hander did walk more than one batter in a game for the first time in High-A, though he still owns a 1.97 BB/9 in 32.0 innings.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (RF, Carolina): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB. Fresh off of a feature on a national website, Rodriguez reached base twice and added a steal on Wednesday. Seemingly healthy again, the 21-year-old is producing well in Carolina, posting a .280/.382/.435 line with seven steals through 47 games.
  • Joe Sever (1B, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 SO. Though this was a light-hitting day for Sever, his sixth-inning single extended his hit streak to nine games. Sever also has a hit in 16 of 17 games on the season.
  • Dace Kime (SP, Lake County, Game 1): W (3-9), 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3 WP, 1 HBP, 1 E. Kime is on his way up after some early season struggles, with the right-hander pitching better than his 5.09 ERA indicates. The 22-year-old is still working through some wildness, however, and will need to rein it in to really take the next step.
  • Ben Heller (RP, Lake County, Game 1): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP. Heller's five strikeouts are the most for the right-hander this season, giving him 54 (to go with 15 walks) in 32.2 innings.
  • Logan Vick (RF, Lake County, Game 1): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO. This home run was Vick's first with the Captains, giving him four extra base hits and a .132 isolated power in 14 Low-A games.
  • Paul Hendrix (3B, Lake County, Game 1): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI. After Hendrix's home run in game one (and another in game two), the infielder owns a .900 OPS and .195 isolated power in 60 games.
  • Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County, Game 1): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SO. The power seems to be starting to show for Frazier, as four of his five home runs this year have come in the month of June.
  • Anderson Polanco (SP, Lake County, Game 2): 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO. Polanco did well in his spot start, tossing three scoreless innings. The left-hander has 6.2 hitless innings in Lake County this season, though he has walked four in that time.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County, Game 2): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Rodriguez has not stood out in Lake County this season with a .227/.323/.398 line and .721 OPS in 70 games, but the 20-year-old has improved over his first try last year (.194/.305/.256 line, .561 OPS in 47 games).
  • Grant Fink (3B, Lake County, Game 2): 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Another strikeout puts Fink at 104 in 69 games, though he is balancing it out with a .361 on-base percentage.
  • Steven Patterson (2B, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Patterson has looked the part of a senior sign in the New York-Penn League so far, netting seven hits with four doubles in his first three games.
  • Juan De La Cruz (1B, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO. This was De La Cruz's first home run of the season, though the first baseman is still looking for his first walk (he owns an identical .195 batting average and on-base percentage through 10 games).
  • Juan Santana (SP, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): L (0-3), 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP. Santana followed up a solid start in his second outing of the year with a rough one Wednesday that looked more like his first outing. The right-hander owns a strong 12:3 SO:BB in 14.1 innings to go with his not-so-strong 4.40 ERA, however.
  • Ordomar Valdez (2B, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): 1-for-2, 1 BB. Valdez is doing a good job of getting on base in his first action above the Arizona League, though he only has one extra base hit to go with his 3:4 SO:BB through eight games.
  • Jorge Martinez (LF, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 SO. Despite a less-than-ideal 12:3 SO:BB in 11 games, Martinez is getting on base at a decent rate and is raking, with three doubles, a triple, and two home runs in the early going for the Scrappers.
  • Trey Haley (SP, AZL Indians): ND, 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP. Making his first appearance of the season following a right shoulder injury, Haley was not very sharp. Given the right-hander's typically wild nature and his long layoff, however, this type of outing right out of the gate is not that surprising.
  • Casey Shane (RP, AZL Indians): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 BK. Shane was the de facto starter Wednesday and put up a superb outing. Outside of three wild pitches and a balk, Shane's 2.70 ERA and 11:2 SO:BB in his first two outings of 2014 (10.0 innings) really could not be much better.
  • Bobby Bradley (1B, AZL Indians): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Cleveland's third round pick this year may be known for his power, but in his first two professional games, the first baseman has reached base on two singles and a walk.
  • Alexis Pantoja (SS, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI. Pantoja's two-run double in the ninth inning tied the game at 4-4 before Bobby Ison's single in the next at-bat ended it. Through the first four games of his professional career, the defense-first Pantoja has five hits and a .866 OPS.

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User Comments

Jim Piascik
June 26, 2014 - 11:29 PM EDT
No problem Rocky55. And I'm not sure on those AZL box scores. Looks like they're just getting lost in the late-night shuffle for the editors. We'll check in on them!
June 26, 2014 - 11:18 PM EDT
Don't want to speak for Jim & Tony or sound combative but the first thing I check on the site is the previous night's box scores, hence the mention of the missing AZL boxes. I can't wait for ATF to come out every day to see how my guys are doing. So there's the raw data. Jim fleshes it out a bit for us but it's available early in the morning via the boxes. BTW guys, thanks for those.
June 26, 2014 - 11:01 PM EDT
I get it. But the point is fans are much more interested in how the high picks are doing. You have to realize and acknoweldge that. That is true in every sport. Not clear where I said to follow every pick or just the high picks??? Like probably most fans, the first thing I look for each day is how Frazier, naquin, lindor,and the like have done. Bet you are curious too? I'm just saying those players should be followed more than the avg bear.

If that wasn't the case, why do fans want the GMs head when top picks bust? And conversely don't give a damn when the 12th round pick busts? Again, true in every sport. Much has been written about the lack of drafting since CC was picked and has contributed to many lean years. See also the browns!

Look, you guys do a great job here, but even just a stat line without a writeup on the recent high picks would be welcome. Plenty of space here for that and all the others you care to write about. I know there are a ton of players unlike other sports.

Just a suggestion from a fan. Its your site but I would hope you would consider my points for maybe improving the farm feature? Not asking for much. I think my premise is sound, but whatever.
June 26, 2014 - 9:01 PM EDT
It is important to note that ATF is not just a piece to follow how the top prospects or top picks are doing. It is a non-discriminatory piece that simply highlights the notable performances from each given night - good or bad and whether a player is a #1 pick/prospect or a late round pick/organizational player.
Jim Piascik
June 26, 2014 - 8:07 PM EDT
Around the Farm typically highlights the best performances on a given night (and, in the case of extreme lows, those too). It's not a rundown of every player in the system.

Zimmer went 1-for-3 last night. That's a pedestrian performance that doesn't really merit note in ATF, especially on a very busy night with nine games.
June 26, 2014 - 6:46 PM EDT
Jim or whoever writes the minor update. I would think the 1 picks should be included each night. I mean if we could only get one player's update from MV it would be zimmer!
Every day should include an update on all the recent ones and twos for that matter. Can't imagine anyone would disagree. Just makes common sense
June 26, 2014 - 2:58 PM EDT
Salazar did have his best outing since he was sent to Columbus. Also I believe it's the first time he has gone 6 innings this season in Cleveland and Columbus.
Jim Piascik
June 26, 2014 - 2:56 PM EDT
Wait, Zimmer was the first pick? I was totally unaware. :)

Can't do everyone every night, especially with nine games going on. Got to make some hard cuts from ATF and Zimmer was just one last night. I also couldn't fit Dorssys in despite his good night. As the captain of the Dorssys bandwagon, that one hurts me. Lol.

As for Smith, that long swing is just getting exposed in Double-A. That jump from Carolina to Akron's a real separator for prospects and what Smith had going before clearly isn't working. But as you read in the Coach's Corner, he's working on those adjustments. He's hit everywhere else before; it wouldn't surprise me to see him get it together. But there is a ton of work ahead.
June 26, 2014 - 2:04 PM EDT
Why no update on Zimmer? Our first pick u know!!! C'mon. Good or bad we want to know.
Salazar still needs work. To many dead center fastballs.
June 26, 2014 - 12:30 PM EDT
who is this Gabriel mejia in the dsl. 21 stolen bases in 22 games to go along with a 300 ba.
June 26, 2014 - 10:07 AM EDT
I think it is interesting that after you posted your interview article with Akron's hitting coach, including the question on Jordan Smith's approach and adjustments at the plate...he is suddenly starting to see results. The absence of power has been perplexing given Smith's frame...however, do you believe his early season struggles could partially be attributed to being overagressive in trying to hit the long ball? I know his swing can be "long" at times, but that is something even major leaguers like Carlos Santana have had to work around. Is he still having issues working his lower half into his swing? Prospects like Jordan Smith can drive a person crazy, considering the athleticism and intangibles he brings to the table. With all of the pending movement in the farm system after the AllStar Break, do you see him being a permanent fixture at Akron the rest of the season?
June 26, 2014 - 9:02 AM EDT
Looks like Brady is working hard to get to LC before the season is over. I think Casey Shane might see MV by the end of July. If Pantoja does pick up his hitting game than the Indians got a steal for 9th round pick.

I also believe one of the outfielders between Allen, Martinez, McAdams and Zimmer will make it to LC before the end of the season.

Another candidate for LC could be Patterson. There some actual talent this year at MV compared to last year.

Indians end up releasing 7 players yesterday. 4 from AZL roster and 3 from the MV roster.
June 26, 2014 - 8:54 AM EDT
Couple of questions:
Am I missing the AZL boxes somewhere? Kinda like to follow our new draftees. Is it too soon to call up Alexis Pantoja to replace Asdrubal? Is it too soon to call up Gio Urshela? The staff on the big club demand it. Ben Heller gave up a hit? What the hell? His WHIP is going to go over 1.00 if he's not careful.

Seriously, encouraging starts by our latest draft class. Let's hope they can maintain it.

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